Government

State's incentives fund nearly out of money

February 16, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina's main job-recruitment grant program is almost completely out of funds. Supporters of the incentives say North Carolina will lose companies to other states if the legislature doesn't approve more money for the program, while opponents say the incentives are unnecessary handouts to big corporations and haven't aided rural counties. Since Gov. Pat McCrory took office two years ago, the state has pledged about $299 million for more than 15,000 jobs. 

FBI investigates Chapel Hill shootings

February 13, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The FBI has launched an investigation into the killings of three Muslim-American students in Chapel Hill earlier this week. Police said the shootings may have been the result of a parking dispute, but the victims' families believe it may have been a hate crime.

McCrory troubled by gas-tax bill that would cut 500 DOT jobs

February 13, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory expressed concern about a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate that would cut the gas tax but require the N.C. Department of Transportation to lay off 500 workers.

State revenues $271 million below forecast

February 12, 2015

(WRAL.com)

A report released Tuesday predicts the state's revenues will be $271 million short of its $21 billion budget for fiscal 2014-15. Sales tax collections have grown as a result of an improved economy, but personal income tax collections are expected to fall 3.8% short of the forecasted amount. The report will be presented to the House and Senate budget committees Thursday.

Gas tax bill approved by Senate would cut 500 DOT jobs

February 12, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would add stability to the state's gas tax rate and would cut 500 jobs in the N.C. Department of Transportation. The DOT would also have to eliminate 50 vacant positions.

Cope resigns as director of SEANC

February 11, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Two days after a News & Observer report raised questions about his spending practices, Dana Cope resigned as executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, a position he had held for 15 years.

Senators propose cutting NC gas tax by 2.5 cents per gallon

February 10, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Senate Republicans proposed cutting the state's gas tax from 37.5 cents per gallon to 35 cents. Two senators advocating for the change say it would make the state DOT's primary revenue source more reliable. 

NC Democratic Party selects new leader

February 10, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Patsy Keever of Asheville was elected chairwoman of the North Carolina Democratic Party. Keever, currently 1st vice chair, received 369 votes of the 560 committee members. She will succeed Randy Voller, who decided not to seek a second term. 

SEANC director under fire for spending habits

February 9, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Former members of the State Employees Association of North Carolina are questioning Executive Director Dana Cope's spending practices, which have included controversial payments to a landscaping company that also performed work at Cope's Raleigh home and thousands of dollars for flight lessons.

NC issues first school report cards

February 6, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Only 5.4% of the state's public and charter schools received an A under North Carolina's new school report cards. The state released letter grades for 2,424 of 2,565 schools on Thursday. Nearly a quarter of schools – 23% – received a D grade and 6% received an F. Almost all schools that received a D or F have high percentages of low-income students, according to state Superintendent June Atkinson.